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Wednesday November 19, 1975
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This Day In 1970's History: Wednesday November 19, 1975
  • Generalissimo Francisco Franco died after 36 years of dictatorial rule over Spain. He was 82 years old. The death of the Chief of State, who led rightist military forces to victory in the Spanish Civil War that ended in 1939, came at the La Paz Hospital on the northern edge of Madrid. He had been rushed there on Nov. 7 from the Pardo Palace. [New York Times]
  • The Democratic caucus of the House of Representatives voted, 172 to 96, to table a resolution that would have forced an anti-busing amendment to the Constitution out of the Judiciary Committee. The move killing the resolution was a victory for Speaker Carl Albert and the committee chairman, Peter Rodino of New Jersey. Under new caucus rules, the public and press watched the proceedings for the first time. [New York Times]
  • President Ford said he would not now support federal financial aid to prevent a New York City default, but would reconsider his position next week if the city and state took further concrete action. His language was generally conciliatory. In Albany, legislative leaders of both parties met with Governor Carey to try to fashion a compromise package of revenues, with the Democrats against higher sales taxes and Republicans against higher income taxes that would hit commuters. [New York Times]
  • The Senate passed by 52 to 45 a long-disputed bill greatly broadening the authority of building trades unions to picket at construction sites. It would let a union try to picket and thus close down an entire construction site because of its dispute with a single subcontractor. The measure was sent back to the House for reconciliation, probably in December, of minor differences between the two versions. [New York Times]
  • The Director of Central Intelligence. William Colby, appealed to a Senate committee not to make public the names of 12 individuals, some of them C.I.A. officials, who were allegedly involved in agency plots against the lives of foreign heads of states. He said that he feared retaliation against them from "unstable and extremist groups." His unusual news conference marked an all-out effort by the Ford administration to block disclosure. [New York Times]
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